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Working As An Environmental Planner

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • $63,758

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Planner Do At Tetra Tech

* This Project Manager/Environmental Planner's primary responsibilities will be to lead regulatory and permitting activities (in support of Energy Program Managers) for a variety of energy, commercial/residential, and other types of infrastructure development projects
* This Project Manager/Environmental Planner will lead and assist in the preparation of county, state and federal land use permit applications, lead and support the development of environmental studies and resource analysis, and consult with county, state, and federal governmental bodies and agencies
* This Project Manager/Environmental Planner will have demonstrated writing abilities, organizational skills, competency with basic business computer applications (i.e., Microsoft Office), possess the ability to act independently with project and task management roles, have a strong attention to detail, and a proven commitment to quality management, continuous improvement and client satisfaction
* Willingness and ability to travel is also anticipated
* This Project Manager/Environmental Planner will lead energy facility siting, permitting, field surveys, task coordination, public outreach, as well as budget and project tracking.
* This candidate will conduct permitting and resource studies associated with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Public Service Commissions (PSC) and/or Public Utility Commissions (PUC

What Does An Environmental Planner Do At Parsons Corporation

* May perform any or all of the following types of assignments in the office or at a field site:
* Prepares, manages, and coordinates complex CEQA and NEPA environmental documents for transportation and transit projects: IS, IS
* MND, EIR, CE, EA and EIS.
* Conduct field work activities and studies as it relates to transportation projects and State and Federal environmental requirements
* Manages teams of multidisciplinary consultants and technical experts
* Prepares supporting environmental technical studies (i.e. Air Quality, Community Impacts, Growth Studies, Water Quality, and Cumulative Impact Analysis).
* Review and edits sections prepared by sub-consultants.
* Provide clients and in house staff with guidance on complex State and Federal regulatory topics.
* Prepares mapping and exhibits, preferably through ArcGIS or Adobe Illustrator for reports and presentations.
* Organizes data and prepares detailed spreadsheets for incorporation into the environmental document.
* Conduct environmental impact analyses for various environmental resources.
* Prepares and produces reports in accordance with Caltrans Standard Environmental Reference guidelines or through approved agency templates.
* Prepares environmental analysis sections in accordance with appropriate technical report writing guidelines.
* Develops procedures to efficiently meet client and regulatory expectations, maintains a well organized environmental record.
* Attend and prepares content for client, agency, and public meetings.
* Participates in business development activities including proposal development, client outreach, and preparation for presentations and interviews

What Does An Environmental Planner Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* Development of environmental impact statements, transportation alternatives analyses, land use plans, transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, neighborhood redevelopment plans, and community resiliency plans for public and private clients
* Project research and data gathering, mapping and graphic production, site reconnaissance, site analysis, zoning and regulatory analysis
* Writing draft technical reports and chapters for reports
* Preparation of community meeting presentation materials
* Talent is the essential of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.
* If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team

What Does An Environmental Planner Do At Santa Clara Valley Water District

* The Environmental Planner II position provides support to capital and operational projects in project development, impact avoidance and minimization, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and regulatory permit acquisition.
* The Environmental Planner II will perform complex and difficult environmental planning work related to the development and implementation of mitigation projects; to coordinate and prepare environmental documents; to evaluate and report on the environmental impact of District projects; and to perform a variety of professional duties relative to assigned area of responsibility.
* Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Assist project teams with project planning; alternatives analysis, impact avoidance and minimization
* Prepare project schedules for environmental review and permitting
* Prepare environmental documentation
* Provide direction to consultants
* Prepare regulatory permit applications; negotiate terms
* Assist with implementation of mitigation monitoring plan
* Ideal candidate's background includes

What Does An Environmental Planner Do At Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Baaqmd)

* EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only) Assists in implementing and monitoring of the Air District's 2017 Clean Air Plan, including greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures in the following sectors: Buildings, Energy, Transportation, Stationary Sources, Water, Waste, Agriculture, Natural Lands, and Short-lived Climate Pollutants.
* Coordinates and supports efforts to provide technical assistance to local governments on GHG mitigation, including: developing model ordinances; identifying and promoting best practices; developing guidelines for local climate action plans and GHG mitigation strategies.
* Coordinates and supports efforts to convene local government staff, policy experts and stakeholder groups to assist in the implementation of Air District climate protection activities.
* Maintains and updates a database on local climate action plans and local GHG mitigation measures.
* Tracks local, state, regional and national policy and technology, and develops model policies related to building energy use.
* Plans and conducts assigned research studies and prepares memos, reports and recommendations regarding climate protection and air quality programs.
* Reviews and provides input on local climate action plans.
* Consults with Air District engineers and technical staff relative to GHG quantification and measurement.
* Responds to inquiries from local officials, consultants, and the public related to environmental planning and climate protection issues.
* Makes effective oral presentations, or prepares materials for presentation, to the Board of Directors, Air District staff, and outside consultants, public agencies and stakeholder groups.
* Represents the Air District at meetings with the public, other public agencies, consulting firms and stakeholder groups.
* May act as liaison with other agencies, divisions and local government planning departments

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How To Become An Environmental Planner

Environmental engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or a related field, such as civil, chemical, or general engineering. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, cooperative engineering programs, in which college credit is awarded for structured job experience, are valuable as well.


Entry-level environmental engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development, and some employers prefer candidates to have a master’s degree.

Students interested in becoming an environmental engineer should take high school courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary for a person to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Imagination. Environmental engineers sometimes have to design systems that will be part of larger ones. They must be able to foresee how the proposed designs will interact with other components of the larger system, including the workers, machinery, and equipment, as well as with the environment.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental engineers must be able to work with others toward a common goal. They usually work with engineers and scientists who design other systems and with the technicians and mechanics who put the designs into practice.

Problem-solving skills. When designing facilities and processes, environmental engineers strive to solve several issues at once, from workers’ safety to environmental protection. They must be able to identify and anticipate problems in order to prevent losses for their employers, safeguard workers’ health, and mitigate environmental damage.

Reading skills. Environmental engineers often work with businesspeople, lawyers, and other professionals outside their field. They frequently are required to read and understand documents with topics outside their scope of training.

Writing skills. Environmental engineers must be able to write clearly so that others without their specific training can understand their plans, proposals, specifications, findings, and other documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an environmental engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require continuing education in order for engineers to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own requirements.

After licensing, environmental engineers can earn board certification from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. This certification shows that an environmental engineer has expertise in one or more areas of specialization.


As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects and they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Eventually, environmental engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians.

Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers. However, before assuming a managerial position, an engineer most often works under the supervision of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

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Real Environmental Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Planner II Aecom Technical Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 05, 2016 $82,909 -
Transportation/Environmental Planner Quadrant Consultants Inc. Houston, TX Mar 20, 2015 $80,517
Transportation & Environmental Planner Parsons Transportation Group San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2011 $69,017 -
Environmental Planner Langan Engineering, Environmental Surveying and Landscape Arch. D.P.C. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $69,000
Transportation and Environmental Planner Parsons Transportation Group San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2010 $68,786 -
Transportation/Environmental Planner II Quadrant Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2013 $67,100
Environmental Planner Langan Engg, Env, Surveying & Landscape Archit DPC New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $66,000
Environmental Planner Langan Engineering, Environmental Surveying and La New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $66,000
Environmental Planner Langan D.P.C. New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $66,000
Environmental Planner Langan ENGG, ENV, Surveying & Landscape Archit DPC New York, NY Oct 23, 2015 $66,000
Urban and Environmental Planner URS Corporation Oakland, CA Dec 12, 2013 $65,281
Urban and Environmental Planner URS Corporation Los Angeles, CA May 06, 2013 $65,281
Urban and Environmental Planner URS Corporation Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2012 $65,281
Urban Environmental Planner Ecocity Builders Oakland, CA Sep 15, 2009 $62,234
Environmental Planner 13712 Sunkist DR. Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 30, 2010 $58,219
Associate Environmental Planner (Architectural History) California Department of Transportation Oakland, CA Jan 14, 2016 $57,948 -
Environmental Planner 13712 Sunkist DR. Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 01, 2010 $57,600
Environmental Planner Conlon & Company, LLC Chicago, IL Jun 17, 2010 $53,511
Environmental Planner Conlon & Company, LLC Chicago, IL Jun 30, 2010 $53,511

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Top Environmental Planner Skills

  1. Environmental Compliance
  2. Environmental Assessments
  3. Natural Resources
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed, oversaw and implemented environmental compliance activities in coordination with local and federal environmental agencies.
  • Prepare environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and related documentation for federal and other projects.
  • Contributed to the creation of statewide plans to protect sustainable, scenic, historic and natural resources.
  • Ensured compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Established Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program designed to measure the effectiveness and enhance the quality of environmental planning documents.

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